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Who will win the 2007 National Book Awards?


Mischa Berlinski (Fieldwork, FSG)
Lydia Davis (Varieties of Disturbance, FSG)
Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End, Little, Brown)
Denis Johnson (Tree of Smoke, FSG)
Jim Shepard (Like You’d Understand, Anyway, Knopf)


Edwidge Danticat (Brother, I’m Dying, Knopf)
Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Twelve)
Woody Holton (Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, Hill and Wang)
Arnold Rampersad (Ralph Ellison: A Biography, Knopf)
Tim Weiner (Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Doubleday)


Linda Gregerson (Magnetic North, Houghton Mifflin)
Robert Hass (Time and Materials, Ecco)
David Kirby (The House on Boulevard St., LSU)
Stanley Plumly (Old Heart, Norton)
Ellen Bryant Voigt (Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006, Norton)

Young People’s Literature

Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Little, Brown)
Kathleen Duey (Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One, Atheneum books for Young Readers)
M. Sindy Felin (Touching Snow, Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scholastic)
Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl, Little, Brown)

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